Being aware of our surroundings and avalanche conditions while spending time in the back country takes practice and effort to routinely updating knowledge through AIARE avalanche awareness courses. Understanding our bodies and their baseline is also really beneficial for staying healthy. I wrote a blog for Burton Snowboards as part of a wide spread BreastContinue reading “Check Yourself”
The Benchetler Fasani Foundation is a 501(c)(3) with a mission to provide a meaningful connection to the outdoors for those who have suffered loss or hardship, by experiencing the healing properties found only in nature. Spending time in nature has always been how my husband, Chris Benchetler, and I clear our mind. The vastness ofContinue reading “The Benchetler Fasani Foundation”
We are an adventurous family who loves to spend time outside exploring all the beauty of the Eastern Sierra. As a professional snowboarder, I am used to being in the mountains majority of the winter, but as a mom of two little boys, Koa 4, and Zeppelin 1, finding a rhythm of getting my familyContinue reading “Tips For a Fun Family Experience On The Mountain”
Making the decision to start a family while also pursuing my career was anxiety inducing. Would my sponsors support this transition into motherhood? Would I be able to fulfill my mountainous pursuits? Motherhood has taken plenty of adjustments and we have learned so much along the way. One of the major lesson’s you don’t knowContinue reading “Changing the Rules of Snowboarding (Outside Magazine)”
Snowing is falling aggressively and the wind has picked up. We are in the eye of a huge storm and we are standing at the top of a vibrantly lit up slope on the backside of Mammoth Mountain. It’s 8pm and we are going to be riding through the night. Our light suits are onContinue reading “Fire on the Mountain”
As a professional female snowboarder, I struggled to find the right time to start a family. My husband, Chris Benchetler, is a professional skier and our careers have gone through so many transitions, and momentum kept building as we evolved from contests to big mountains riders. I entered my 30’s knowing there was going toContinue reading “Becoming a Mom in Action Sports”
What a wild experience the first year of motherhood is! I would say the biggest way my life has changed is that I have learned to appreciate the present moment and a slower pace of life, a lot more than I ever did in the past. I have always been a very busy, on-the-go, activeContinue reading “Koa’s First Birthday Cake”
Spending time in the mountains year-round and staying in shape are essential parts of my life. Now that I’m back from filming my part with Absinthe Films in Haines, Alaska—safe and healthy!—I’m getting back into my off-season activities, like biking, triathlons, and rock climbing. Rock climbing, in particular, has become a crucial element of my season. In Alaska, it’sContinue reading “Benefits of Rock Climbing & Tips to Start Climbing”
Throughout the majority of my career, I’ve faced many critics in a heavily male dominated sport. In the 2015/2016 season, I earned an opportunity to film with Absinthe Films, one of the most accredited snowboarding production companies. I know that onlookers doubted my ability to hold pace with the all-star crew of Nicolas Muller, ManuelContinue reading “2017 Rider of the Year”
Before you do a something new do you get scared? Do you find yourself with those nervous feelings in your stomach, seems like butterflies fluttering, or a shakiness that you can’t get rid of, or thoughts of doubts racing through your head? Fear; it can strike all of us. This is an emotion that runsContinue reading “Mindfully Fearless: Recognize Fear and Manage It”
Hi, I’m Kimmy! I’m a professional snowboarder who became a mom of 2 boys, and I’m also a recent breast cancer survivor. Follow along with me as I navigate balancing my career, my family, and my health. Life is meant push us outside our comfort zone, thanks for joining me as I continue to break down barriers.
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